From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher
An email news letter ministry of Richard D. Swift, publishing the sermons of Rev Reed A Swift (1899-1973), a holiness preacher
The following sermon was preached at the Cucamonga California Bible Missionary Church September 1961 and at the Pomona California Bible Missionary Church October 1964.
Much of this sermon uses illustrations a quotes from "Praying Clear Through" by W.J. Harney.
Daniel 6 Text- Daniel 6:10
Daniel prayed three times per day as usual with his windows open. No decree could stop him. He wasn't spasmodic; he was walking with God and was solid! His was not a big meeting religion but a daily salvation. He was not bowing before a statue; he was serving God. He had the burden of prayer, the spirit of prayer, and the liberty of prayer, with good results.
To be a good man of prayer, you must live good. Irritableness, crossness, and harsh speaking will hinder you from praying down the fires of Heaven. Live right in family and home and you can pray things to pass.
Prayer doesnot change the purpose of God, but many times it changes His practice or actions. We defeat God's purpose for us when we become discouraged and donot pray the prayer of faith.To keep from discouragement:
1. Be sure you're right with God,
2. Obey God,
3. Walk in love, (He'll cover your mistakes with Jesus blood as long as you're walking in love).
4. Ask and expect. Revival, salvation, sanctification, and healing all come by asking in faith.
No revival has ever come to a community or church, nobody has ever been saved or sanctified, nobody has ever been healed, but what some soul has had real soul travail for that blessing. To have sin-killing, soul-saving revivals the church or someone in it must have soul travail. Oh for saints to have a burden or agony of prayer for souls!
Never grow faint hearted; God answers prayer. Be determined. Keep at it while the heart is burdened and the Holy Ghost leads you on. God will answer! God has always answered earnest prayer in the Holy ghost and his will. Glory to God! Be willing to die to self. Carry a burden. Don't give up. The will of God will defeat the devil. Prayer brings faith, and faith brings the victory. We need soul travail!
We must wrestle in prayer as a friend strives to save another friend from a watery grave. Jerry's friend dove in after a young girl who drpped into a deep hole. Both went down to a watery grave. Not so if we jump in by prayer and faith to save lost souls!
I any church is alive for God, kitchens, bazaars, gambling [raffles], and suppers are not needed to advance the church work! Oh lets be on fire for God! Then all our needs will be supplied. "Ask and ye shall recieve". Ask largely that your joy may be full. Some may backslide while preaching holiness because of forgetting to wait upon God in earnest prayer. If we had 10 day prayer meetings today we might see Pentecost repeated. Don't look at circumstances or anything else out of the will of God. Adam and Eve looked at the forbidden fruit; Samson at Delilah; David at Mrs. Uriah; Judah at pieces of silver; Achan at the silver and Babylonian garment and wedges of gold; Peter at the water; all got into trouble. Look to Jesus.
We will be discouraged if we look at things around us or at circumstances instead of looking to Jesus. Reverend Harney had a revival in a church where only two were sanctified. After nine days of morning and night services, the sanctified couple got discouraged and stayed home from service on Monday morning. Earnest prayer had been going up by the evangelist and some good people were coming but there was no break. This Monday morning, confessions were made, and folks were slain under the power of God. Thirteen were prostrate on the floor, thirty-three were running the aisles, and sixteen or seventeen prayed thru. The sanctified couple came in late and wondered what had happened? God came! The next Sunday night, forty prayed thru! He told of another place where a woman was healed. Over the foot board and out into the yard leaping and shouting, "Glory!" To God! It is the devil's busines to discourage. It is God's business to make us more than conquerors! With courage and the grace of God, we are more than conquerors! Praise God!
If we look at earthly things we'll be discouraged. Look to Jesus; He never fails! Bro. Hoy resigned the pastorate at San Jose so they need a pastor. Please pray. If jesus the Son of God needed to pray for strength in the flesh, surely we need to. Our greatest pleasure on earth will be our communion with God in prayer. A Godly mother prayed night after night for her wayward son. One night when he came in late from a dance, his mother went to his room and her hot tears ran down on his face as she put her arms around him and said, "My precious son, I'm afraid the devil is hurrying you on toward hell. I've prayed hours for you tonight." He put his arms around her and said, "Mother, your prayers are answered. I'll never go to another dance." God saved him. Earnest, constant prayer, night crying in prayer will unlock heaven's gates! Try it!
Jesus spent many quiet nights in prayer. Prayer will make our work easy and God's work for us powerful. He'll work for our good and His glory! God only carries on His work thru saints who pray. Oh God, if we just had strength to pray. No wonder our hearts are empty, faint, and cold! We are too busy to pray! How long has it been since you had a good warm melting up time in secret prayer with God? We must have them to stay spiritually alive. We don't know what we are losing by neglecting prayer- no doubt our sons' and daughters' and neighbors' salvation! Lord help us to pray!
Text- Daniel 6:10. Daniel was a steady Christian with a purpose. we sing, Dare to be a Daniel, dare to stand alone. Dare to have a purpose firm, dare to make it known. Police said they'd stop the meeting on criminal charges at Garden Grove if they disturbed the peace!? some people don't have any peace. The police should say if they disturb the devil, not the peace!
Sister L. is getting cleared up in seeking, Praise God! Daniel prayed as aforetime which was his practice. He was dependable. Everyday, all the time, his prayer was three times a day with his window open toward Jerusalem. And he kept up that up, decree by satan or no decree! Glory to God!
If we walk with God we are strong. If we fail God in prayer by failing to walk in light, etc., then we are weak and may fail in an emergency. Don't fail God in prayer. Wait on God!
Satan keeps busy on a man of God. He was doing his best to trap Daniel. This would be a dark day to most professed Christians to be asked to bow to a statue or go to a den of lions. Not so with Daniel. He kept right on his course Heavenward following a faithful compasss.
You will notice that God has always had men who were prayed up to date and ready for any crisis: Elijah, Moses, Daniel, Joshua, Paul, Silas, the 120 in the upper room. and some folks I have known.
Prayer is not easy is it? Just keep at it until the fire falls. Daniel did it for 21 days and got his prayer thru. God started to answer when Daniel started to pray but was hindered for 21 days by the devil. Satan has some devilish power. Do you have power? If you can hold on pray in faith, victory will come. Satan can only hinder for awhile. When God lays a crushing burden of prayer on your heart for something or a companion or child, do not fail to wrestle in prayer for victory.
A woman had company during revival, but felt led to pray for her unsaved husband. She did and he was gloriously saved and in seven months died happy in Jesus. Oh don't fail God for souls! Psalm 84 says God is our sun and shield. Daniel had that in the den of lions. Don't go to church empty and come back home the same way. Go prayed up and the fire will fall.
The Sunday newspaper or radio will never take the place of prayer for your soul or for a service. God will not tease you when you pray thru. He will fill you! And will fill others about you!
Bro. Harney tells of holding a revival in a very wicked city. they had a small group the first week of the meeting. Then a northern came in and the temperature dropped to 2 below zero and 8 inches of snow fell. then even fewer came to church. The devil and the people wanted him to quit, but a young working man advised they pray together from 3am to 6am. Also, if one came to pray before the others, he was to ring the church bell until the others got there. It worked! Lights came on all over town when the bell began to ring about 2:30am. People jumped out of bed and ran toward the church shouting "Fire!"- fire in zero weather! The boy preacher and his friend went out and shouted, "This way!" and herded them into the church until about 320 had gathered. Bro. Harney preached with power, and God saw these fellows meant business and sent conviction, and people sobbed aloud and rushed to the altar. About 300 prayed thru during the remaining services and shouted the victory. Bro. Harney says, "Plow deep and God will give a harvest for souls." He says, "Dig a well by prayer and not a cistern. Get an artesian flow and not a surface well."